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The Nursing Process and Pressure Ulcer Prevention: Making the Connection

Magnan, Morris A. PhD, RN; Maklebust, JoAnn MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN, FAAN

Advances in Skin & Wound Care: February 2009 - Volume 22 - Issue 2 - p 83-92
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000345279.13156.d0
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE To provide the wound care practitioner with an understanding of how use of the nursing process enhances pressure ulcer prevention.

TARGET AUDIENCE This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES After reading this article and taking this test, the reader should be able to:

  1. Describe the use of the nursing process for planning, implementing, and evaluating the outcomes of a pressure ulcer prevention program.
  2. Explain how to use the Braden Scale for Predicting Pressure Sore Risk to develop "at risk" nursing diagnoses and to guide intervention.

In this continuing education activity, the authors use the nursing process to organize an approach to pressure ulcer prevention. The article includes tips for clinical practice to help strengthen nursing capabilities for pressure ulcer risk assessment, prevention planning, prevention intervention, and outcomes evaluation.

Morris A. Magnan, PhD, RN • Care Manager • St. Joseph Mercy Oakland • Trinity Health • Pontiac, MI

JoAnn Maklebust, MSN, APRN-BC, AOCN, FAAN • Clinical Nurse Specialist/Wound Care Nurse Practitioner • Oncologic Surgery • Karmanos Cancer Center • Detroit Medical Center • Adjunct Associate Clinical Professor • College of Nursing • Wayne State University • Detroit, MI

Dr Magnan and Ms Maklebust have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with or financial interest regarding this educational activity. All staff in a position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationship with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

Lippincott CME Institute, Inc, has identified and resolved all faculty and staff conflicts of interest regarding this educational activity.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.